Dr. Vorst serves as the Director of the Polymer and Food Protection Consortium in the Department of Food Science and Human Nutrition at Iowa State University. Dr. Vorst worked in industry for three major packaging companies and served as a consultant for a major automotive manufacturer prior to joining academia in his current position at Iowa State University. Dr. Vorst has over 40 publications and 12 published or pending patents for plastics characterization, package design, contamination monitoring, medical device manufacturing, microbial testing methods, and polymer design. Dr. Vorst has done extensive work in method development for extractables in packaging materials.